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DEVELOPMENT OF THE RIVERVIEW
Glenn M.T. Haley, Ph.D., Grant L. Iverson, Ph.D.,
and Margaret Moreau, Ph.D.
The present study describes the development and initial validation of a be-
havioral rating scale, the Riverview Psychiatric Inventory (RPI). The RPI is a
36-item scale that is scored into four subscales covering daily routine problems,
psychological symptoms, social interaction problems, and aggressive behavior.
Interrater reliability using 70 pairs of raters assessing 145 patients resulted
in a reliability coefﬁcient of .89. Internal consistency for the total score was
high (alpha = .93) and each of the subscales showed alpha coefﬁcients ranging
from .76 to .87. Validity was evaluated on a sample of 359 adult psychiatric
inpatients. The RPI total score signiﬁcantly distinguished three groups of pa-
tients on hospital units designed to treat differing levels of psychiatric illness.
The RPI is superior to other behavioral rating scales employed by mental
health clinicians because it does not require lengthy training in administration
All authors are afﬁliated with the Adult Treatment and Assessment Program at
Riverview Hospital. Grant Iverson is also afﬁliated with the Department of Psychia-
try at the University of British Columbia. A portion of these data were presented at the
I Regional Congress of Psychology for Professionals in the Americas, Mexico City, July 29,
Address correspondence to Glenn Haley, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Riverview
Hospital, 500 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3C 4J2; e-mail: gha-
2002 Human Sciences Press, Inc.